Slough CVS exists to support and develop the voluntary sector in Slough. Acting as an umbrella body we bring continuity to the sector while enabling members to continue delivering vital support to the local community.
We believe that the voluntary sector underpins the fabric of our society and by acting together we ensure that small groups have a big voice in Slough and the surrounding area.
We are passionate about helping small charities to work more effectively in the local community and provide the best training, advice, support, and tools so that groups can provide the best outcomes for users in a safe and practical way.
Honesty - We value integrity, transparency and openness in everything we do
Fairness – We are committed to fairness and equality within Slough’s voluntary sector
Diversity– We appreciate the diversity of Slough’s community and their contribution to the common good of Slough
Our mission is to promote any charitable purposes for the benefit of the community in the borough of Slough and local areas.
History of Slough CVS
Slough is a vibrant and diverse town and has been ever changing and this is reflected in the character of our community and voluntary groups. There always seems to be a new need to meet or an additional organisation with an idea for a project.
The Slough Council for Social Service was set up in 1932, initially to help the unemployed. In 1962 we registered with the charity commission and our name was changed to Slough Council for Voluntary Service (SCVS) in 1973.
Slough CVS has a history of working closely with Slough Borough Council and local health service. Here we have achieved a strong local outreach, through a network of more than 500 charities across Slough. We continue to be representatives on several Strategic Boards across the two Boroughs, including the Health and Wellbeing Boards, Local Outbreak Management Cell, Slough Place Based Committee, Slough Leaders Group, Health and Social Care Partnership Board, and Local Safeguarding Children and Adults Board.
In September 2018, Slough CVS took over the role as accountable body for HOME Slough, a project led by a consortium including: Slough CCG, Arts Council England, Slough Borough Council, Slough Trading Estate and Rifco Theatre. The programme empowers and involves the community in its decision-making, enabling people to have brilliant art experiences, in the places where they live.
SCVS continues to serve the people of Slough, as it has done for the past 88 years. The last year has been the most challenging year in the history of SCVS, where we have demonstrated that we can unite together as #OneSlough, to not only serve the people of Slough but help fight against a pandemic and protect and save the lives of local and vulnerable residents.
SCVS is delivering a project designed to help people of Slough to recover from COVID-19 through the power of social prescribing. They are celebrating after an award from the Thriving Communities Fund to support its work in 2021. The project will increase social connectedness and help Slough communities cope with the impact of COVID-19, as part of a national initiative to embed social prescribing in communities and healthcare.
A History of Slough CVS is a record of some of the history of SCVS to 2012 and it is dedicated to all the people of this organisation over the years whose success has contributed to the vibrancy of the town.